Mahdi Patton, fleeing police in stolen vehicle, hits Sam Humleker, breaks two of his legs

Categories: Accidents, Crime
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Mahdi Patton was arrested for the accident.
Sam Humleker was driving his green Subaru Forrester in south Minneapolis close to 1 a.m. Tuesday, when a giant SUV hurtled toward him.

The grey GMC Yukon, driven by Mahdi Patton, 19, slammed into the passenger side of Humleker's car at about 50 to 60 mph.

Humleker's Forrester flipped over. The 19-year-old was trapped inside his car, both his legs broken.

Patton's out-of-control Yukon continued careening into a nearby yard, where he slammed into a gas meter and damaged the foundation of the unfortunate house.

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Sam Humleker singing at Bryant Lake Bowl.
The whole ugly saga began at around 12:50 a.m., when a Minneapolis cop on routine patrol at 12th Avenue South and 26th Street noticed a car -- a grey Yukon -- driving by with no headlights. The officer checked the license plate against his hot list, realized that it was a stolen car, and began to follow.

Patton traveled south, and the cop car followed to Lake Street. When the cop tried to pull the Yukon over at Chicago and Lake, the car sped south on Chicago and drove all the way to East 42nd Street. He turned left and drove toward 13th Avenue South.

When the Yukon reached the intersection of E. 42nd and 13th, it blasted through the intersection, striking the unlucky Mr. Humleker and careening into the gas meter at the nearby house.

Even at this point, the driver would realize that his little cops-'n-robbers game was up. That's what the two male passengers in the car--19-year-old Gerald Eugen Davis and 19-year-old Francis Andrew Martin--seemed to understand. They sat in the Yukon and waited to be arrested.

Not the driver. Mahdi Akbar-Jay Patton, 19, decided that this would be a good time to run. So, evidently, did his female passenger, 18-year-old Dreu Allee Davis.

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